Beyoncé Reveals the Biggest Risks She Ever Took, Like a Boss

There are endless reasons Beyoncé is beloved by many. Not only does the mother of three rock any look she wears, but the girl can seriously sing. As a businesswoman, wife, sister, and many other titles, it seems there’s nothing she can’t do, but it didn’t come without taking a few risks.

Beyoncé isn’t big on asking permission before doing something

Beyonce arrives for the world premiere of Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ at the Dolby Theatre on July 9, 2019, in Hollywood | ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

The first lesson in “Becoming Beyoncé” is to take a page of Bey’s book of business. In a previous interview from Elle Magazine, the “Single Ladies” singer revealed the biggest secret to getting ahead.

“Having the power to make every final decision and being accountable for them is definitely a burden and a blessing. To me, power is making things happen without asking for permission,” she said. “It’s affecting the way people perceive themselves and the world around them. It’s making people stand up with pride.”  

Not only does the queen wait for no one, but she also interviews potential employees for months, shows up to meetings early and prepared, and likely doesn’t even break a sweat. She credits finding some semblance of balance.

“I’ve grown so much. I’m more picky about what I’ll do, and I’m more of a businesswoman,” she said. “But at the same time, I take care of myself. All I used to do was work. Now I’m comfortable in my own skin and have a good balance.

What are the biggest risks Beyoncé ever took?

You don’t get to full Beyoncé status without taking a few risks. The artist previously revealed to Cosmopolitan the first risk she took came from branching off away from her group and doing a solo album.

“People don’t realize that Destiny’s Child started when we were 9. We shared everything, like sisters,” she said. “It takes courage to step out on your own when there’s no conflict. It was always comforting knowing the other girls were there to share the nervousness, the pressures, and the rumors. Dealing with that alone and making all the decisions myself was hard.”

Going solo worked out well for the star but she took another risk with acting. Her first role was a 2001 cameo in MTV’s Carmen: A Hiphopera. She played Carmen Brown years before her big Dreamgirls stint.

“It was scary because it was different for me. You just always have to take risks,” she said. “I always go with my gut, and it’s always right. People are scared to do that.”

Talents aside, Queen Bey took the risk of handling her own business matters.

“When I decided to manage myself it was important that I didn’t go to some big management company,” she said via Billboard in 2013. “I felt like I wanted to follow the footsteps of Madonna and be a powerhouse and have my own empire and show other women when you get to this point in your career you don’t have to go sign with someone else and share your money and your success—you do it yourself.”

Why Beyoncé taps into alter-ego Sasha Fierce

If success is defined by the number of risks taken, it’s no wonder Beyoncé’s killing it. Offstage, she knows who she is and what she wants. On-stage, Bey depends on her world renown alter-ego, Sasha Fierce, to deliver the show fans want. It’s a risk that’s paid off.

“My cousin Angie named her because I’ve kind of created a different person. If something’s hard for me to do [in real life] when I get on stage, I do it without thinking,” she said, referring to how the name came about.

“I don’t remember some of the things I do onstage. Once at the MTV Awards, I had [a really expensive] bracelet on and chucked it into the audience. Angie had to go and retrieve it.”

We may not always be able to take the kind of risks Beyoncé can. Still, it’s reassuring to know that if we did, we could end up just like her: a boss.